Dear Church Family,
you may be wondering why we are calling our capital campaign Building Bridges. Some might ask, “what in the world does repairing our leaky roof and updating our worship center and lobby have to do with building bridges?” Well, a lot! In 2 Corinthians 5:18-20 the apostle Paul describes our mission as a local community of faith. He writes,
All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.
You see, God has called us to be reconcilers in our community and in our world. One dictionary definition describes a bridge as something that is intended to reconcile or form a connection between two things; to bridge the gulf between different parties or constituencies. And that’s exactly what we strongly believe God has called us to do here at North Seattle Church! Our mission says that we are committed to “Connecting the people of North Seattle to the life and mission of Jesus.” We are connectors, reconcilers, and bridge builders to those who have yet to believe in the good news about Jesus. We are committed to building bridges to our neighbors and community partners so that they might experience the love of Jesus in the way we live and serve! We are called to bridge the gulf between injustice and the justice that Jesus embodied so that our community might better reflect how God is making all things new.
We believe the facility God has given us and this beautiful location actually serve as a bridge to our neighbors. But it is more than just bricks and mortar; it’s a tangible bridge that enables us to build intangible bridges into our community! Already we have built bridges through our partnerships with Puget Sound Christian Clinic, Northwest Girl Choir, Little Nest Preschool, and Restoration Messianic Synagogue. And, of course, there is The Bridge Coffee House that has truly served as a bridge to many of our neighbors. However, if we fail to repair and appropriately update our facility, this aspect of our mission will become increasingly challenging. So, on behalf of the Ministry Council and the Building Bridges Leadership Team, I want to personally encourage you to prayerfully consider how God might want you to participate in our Building Bridges campaign. Together, let’s commit to ensuring that North Seattle Church continues to build reconciling bridges into our community for many years to come!
The preliminary amount of total funds given and committed for our Building Bridges Campaign is $805,000. This number will likely change as additional commitments come in over the coming month. We celebrate God’s provision through this campaign and all that He will accomplish through it!